By Kristi Reed
As the years have passed, there have been fewer and fewer local ceremonies honoring those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, but, for Gwinnett public safety personnel, remembering the events of that day is imperative. On Thursday, representatives from the Gwinnett fire, police and sheriff’s departments gathered at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We feel like it’s a display of pride and honor, especially as we honor and remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Jeff Kelley. Read more.
Despite a long and deep recession that has negatively impacted businesses nationwide, the Mall of Georgia in Buford is still going strong as it celebrates 15 years of operation.
“We were fortunate here at the Mall of Georgia. Our market is really coming into its own, it’s still growing,” said Joe Piccolo, Mall of Georgia General Manager. Read more.
Just a few months ago, Buford resident Gary Nichols could sit out on his back deck and enjoy the peace and quiet. That tranquility, he said, abruptly ended when the 28-lane Georgia Gun Club opened nearby.
The 38,000-square-foot facility, located at 1951 Braselton Highway in Buford, opened earlier this year within eyeshot — and earshot — of neighborhoods, churches and two daycare facilities. Read more.
Work is now officially underway on the second phase of the Gwinnett County Fire Academy expansion.
County officials broke ground Tuesday on a $9.7 million expansion project that will add a 35,000-square-foot academic building, a three-bay apparatus building with classrooms and a training pavilion to the Dacula facility. Read more.
With the majority of work at Collins Hill Road and Highway 316 completed, the Georgia Department of Transportation has shifted its focus eastward.
“The goal is by fall — because this is a big route to a certain football stadium — we will have Ga. 316 traffic off of the Ga. 20 ramp so that it doesn’t have to stop at a signal,” said Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope. Read more.
By Kristi Reed
Solid driving by junior T.J. Blanchette and senior Lisa Reed along with good engineering by the Mill Creek High School Electrathon team resulted in a first place finish for the Hawks during the April 19 Electrathon America race at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga. Read more.